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What's the opposite of a "return" flight?

I would call it the "outbound" flight. By the way I'm not sure "return flight" is unambiguous. In some contexts (such as when booking tickets) it could easily be understood as the combination of an ...
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Received gestures in UK pubs: pint versus half-pint

I have spent most of my life living somewhere inside the M25 (and a good fraction of that inside various pubs) and I have to say that I've never heard of any of these gestures. I don't mean that you ...
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Is "departure time" when the plane leaves the gate or when it takes off?

In general, the departure and arrival time are considered the time that the parking brake on the plane is released and applied respectively. For most major airlines, this is actually recorded ...
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

Self-catering is a widely used term. It implies 1) that meals are not provided, but also 2) enough equipment is provided for guests to cook their own meals. Exactly what equipment is provided can ...
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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

In my eyes 7/7 is shorthand for French 7 jours sur 7 which translates to 7 days out of 7. Meaning the business is open all week. Note that this does not necessarily mean that the business is also open ...
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What is meant by "personal impact and articulation skills" in the context of border entry?

Personal impact refers to how a traveler presents him- or herself to an immigration officer. Some people may appear more credible, while others may seem less so. Some people may appear nervous, ...
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What is a continental breakfast and what other types of breakfasts are there?

Great Britain vs the Continent Whenever something is referred to as "continental", you can be sure it's meant as the opposite of "British". The popular myth of the newspaper headline reading "Fog ...
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What's the opposite of a "return" flight?

The airline industry uses the term 'Originating Flight' for the first flight in an itinerary.
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Difference between deportation and removal

People will often mistakenly use 'deportation' instead of 'removal'. The media reinforces this mistake because 'deportation' sounds more dramatic than 'removal'. Both terms involve the involuntary ...
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Is it normal for hotels to offer two single beds pushed together when a double bed is booked?

I think “double bed” means that the room can accomodate two people sleeping side by side and not much more. The bed is not guaranteed to be as large as you might be used to (especially if you come ...
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What exactly are "repositioning cruises"?

A repositioning cruise is a one-way voyage of a ship between two regions. Most people take cruises where the departure and arrival port is the same. This is simple since only a standard return fare to ...
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Is a Middle Name a Given Name?

According to the help file from the Canadian government for filling out the ETA it says the following on the application: Given name(s) / first name(s) Please enter exactly as shown on your ...
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What is meant by "personal impact and articulation skills" in the context of border entry?

Personal impact and articulation refer to a person's physical appearance and behaviour when they present themselves to the immigration officer, and the way they answer questions. As noted by phoog's ...
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In US rental car terms and conditions, what exactly is a "regularly maintained road?"

One of the comments nailed it: "they mean don't take our rental car to Burning Man.” - Eric Lippert And Burning Man is easy - flat, hard, no chance of off-roading damage. People still pay. Note how ...
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What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?

As far as I can see, Vehicle Code of California states, that you should in fact keep right. V C Section 21654 Slow Moving Vehicles Slow-Moving Vehicles (a) Notwithstanding the prima ...
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What are the "short names" sometimes used by flight attendants?

If you mean the short names that given to cabin crew members before each flight, such as “3L”, “R4”, “1L”, etc. then these are their positions. These positions are assigned before every flight (or ...
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Can somebody explain where the three different Luxembourgs are located?

There are a few things called Luxembourg and that might create some confusion: A small country located at the corner between Belgium, France, and Germany. The color of the flag is more red than ...
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Avoiding the Sydney, Nova Scotia error

Check the airport code. City names may be similar, but they always have unique three-letter airport codes, and these are always shown in flight booking engines. So just look them up on Wikipedia, ...
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What is a flight ticket coupon?

When understanding how airlines work even in 2019, you generally need to look back to how things were done 50+ years ago, as mostly the concepts are the same. There's basically 3 concepts that are ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

What Is the US Visa Waiver Program? The US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows travellers of certain nationalities to visit the US for tourism or business purposes without the need for a visa, for a ...
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

A self catering apartment, hotel room, hostel, vacation place, etc, is one where guests have facilities for making their own meals and cooking, and are allowed to do so. Normally a hotel might give ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided

When you see "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided" on a Schengen refusal, it usually means that they decided that the application was either 'incoherent',...
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Web Sites: Disneyland vs Disney World in the United States

Those are both official Disney sites, but the tickets are for two different Disney Resorts, Disneyland, which is located in Anaheim, California, and Disney World, which is located in Orlando, Florida. ...
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Web Sites: Disneyland vs Disney World in the United States

Those are two different official Disney sites and are for purchasing tickets for two very different parks: Disneyland is in Anaheim, California and opened in 1955. Walt Disney World is in Orlando, ...
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What is a continental breakfast and what other types of breakfasts are there?

Here are some breakfasts I have encountered. Of course, each hotel adds and removes items as they wish. Edited according to some comments (especially the ones about the boiled tomato - I now realize ...
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What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?

To vastly overgeneralize, most people consider posted speed limits in the United States to be too slow. All things being equal (good weather etc), it's expected that you drive about 10 mph over the ...
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Attending an academic conference is what type of travel?

Annex II of the Schengen Visa Code (EU regulation 810/2009) includes a non-exhaustive list of “supporting documents” that sheds some light on the categories. Here are the most relevant bits: for ...
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Converter vs Adapter

Am I correct that adapter mode would burn a US appliance, or am I wrong? Yes, you are correct. If used in "adapter" mode, the voltage is not adjusted or converted in any way, and in most cases a ...
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What is the difference between "Country of Issue" and "Country of Citizenship" of a passport?

Although not common, some countries issue passports to non-citizens as well. As you may have noticed, the data page of a passport often states the nationality or citizenship of the holder in a ...
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